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Another city view from the observation deck. Photo courtesy of Jemma King

Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't Building: A great view for a great price

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is located not far from Shinjuku Station in an area famous for its skyscrapers. The spot is visited...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Namamugi: Town that changed the history of Japan

Namamugi, where the Kirin Yokohama Beer Village is located, is a town filled with interesting history and attractions.

Aside from the...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Strolling in Ueno offers taste of old and new

Japan’s oldest zoo, tons of museums, a French-style modern park filled with cherry trees, numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, along...
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Japan

A look at Nagasaki then & now

Nagasaki was Japan’s first prefecture to open its doors to the outside world in the 19th century. Today, the Western influences of those early...

Photo by MC2 Matthew Duncker

Exploring Tokyo's Koenji neighborhood

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan - Located west of Shinjuku, nestled in the Suginami ward, is the small district of Kōenji. The community itself...

 Japanese macaques sit on rocks near a hot spring at the Snow Monkey Park in Jigokudani Yaen-koen, Nagano, Japan, Jan. 28, 2017. The monkeys will bathe in a hot spring to help protect them against the extreme cold during winter seasons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Did you know Japanese snow monkeys love to soak in onsens?

YOKOTA AIR BASE – Cold weather, snow, monkeys and hot springs are a unique combination that make up the ‘snow monkey park’ of the Jigokudani Yaen-...

Enjoy a relaxing retreat with a view not far from Misawa

A two-hour drive west from Misawa AB gets you to Kuroishi, an attractive city that is home to impressive streets filled in traditional wooden...

Train (and other) travel made easy

When traveling within mainland Japan, the two most common transportation cards are PASMO and SUICA. Both cards allow you to use most of the...

Base-by-Base breakdown of taking train in Japan

Unless you are on Okinawa, you’ll likely find the U.S. military base you are assigned to in Japan is somewhat out of the way of the big-city...
U.S. Marines with Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment sleep on the ground aboard the USNS Guam, Jan. 31, 2018. The California- based battalion is forward deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damion Hatch Jr.)

Marines hit the water to travel

Traveling throughout the Marine Corps can be a hassle. You will be on a plane with little to no leg room or a giant truck packed like sardines,...

MC2 Matthew Duncker, NAF Atsugi PAO

Explore Ueno

Sprawled out in northeast Tokyo lies one of the biggest parks in the city,Ueno Imperial Gift Park or Ueno Park. This district of the city is part...

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